Posted by Lex, on October 18, 2010
A Bundeswehr trained general aviator giving sightseeing rides over Munich was given a rude shock t’other day:
A 26-year-old man attempted to crash a sightseeing plane above Munich by attacking the pilot, but jumped to his death instead after he found he was no match for the Bundeswehr-trained aviator, Bavarian police reported.
The young man had rented the single-motor Cessna and hired the pilot in Augsburg for an air tour around the Bavarian capital on Saturday.
When the plane reached an altitude of some 500 metres above the town of Bergkirchen, the 26-year-old attacked the pilot with a knife. But the pilot managed to fight him off and the man then opted to jump out of the plane, police reported.
The pilot sustained knife wounds to his face and hands, but managed to land the plane back in Augsburg and alert police of the attack.
According to police, the 42-year-old pilot was trained by the Bundeswehr and had flown in the military.
“That certainly helped him in the situation,” a police spokesperson said on Sunday.
Well, I don’t suppose it could have hurt him, but if there was training on fighting off a knife wielding crewman in the naval aviation syllabus, I must have slept through it.